N’Guessan’s 23 points help K-State beat Abilene Christian

Dec 6, 2022, 5:37 AM | Updated: 7:49 pm
Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college...

Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

              Kansas State guard Desi Sills (13) gets past Abilene Christian forward Cameron Steele (5) to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) shoots over Abilene Christian forward Joe Pleasant (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Abilene Christian head coach Brette Tanner talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Abilene Christian guard Damien Daniels drives during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State guard Desi Sills shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell (1) drives during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Abilene Christian guard Tobias Cameron (11) drives past Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State forward David N'Guessan shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell (1) tries to steal the ball from Abilene Christian guard Ja'Sean Jackson (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State guard Desi Sills (13) gets past Abilene Christian guard Tobias Cameron (11) to put up a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) shoots under pressure from Abilene Christian forward Cameron Steele (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State guard Tykei Greene (4) shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
            
              Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — David N’Guessan scored 23 points to lead Kansas State to an 81-64 victory over Abilene Christian on Tuesday night.

N’Guessan made all nine of his field goals but was 4 of 11 from the line. Markquis Nowell added 15 points and matched a season high with 12 assists for Kansas State (8-1), which shot 31 of 53 (58.5%) from the field but was just 3 of 12 from distance and 16 of 29 (55%) from the line. Keyontae Johnson and Nae’Qwan Tomlin added 12 points apiece.

Nowell underhanded a pass off the backboard and a trailing Johnson slammed it home to cap a 27-15 run to open the second half as K-State built a 62-49 lead. Abilene Christian pulled within 11 points with 2:20 remaining but didn’t get closer.

Tobias Cameron scored 14 points and Immanuel Allen added 11 for Abilene Christian (5-4).

ACU jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the first half before Kansas State closed on a 21-6 run for a 35-34 edge at the break.

Kansas State concludes a three-game homestand on Sunday against Incarnate Word before a matchup with Nebraska on Dec. 17 at the Wildcat Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

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